My struggles with religion started floating through my head again this week after seeing a character on one of my favorite shows sing Losing My Religion by R.E.M. I was reminded how young people must battle with religion based on the examples they see today.
Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is a movie that asks an important question, “Why is the gospel of love dividing America?” The movie points out that Christians fight so much amongst themselves about being “right”, that the message of love is never shown. These LOUD Christians condemn more than they love. Are Christians today more like Peter when he cut off the ear of a Roman soldier Malchus that was arresting Jesus or are they more Christ-like offering healing and forgiveness?
As Muslims plan to build an Islamic community center, some Christians are showing their love of hatred more so than each other. I feel if Christ were here today, the parable would be about the good Muslim instead of the good Samaritan. Christ even showed love, restraint and acceptance of others that disagreed with him to the point he willingly died on the cross.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:28-31).
Christ did not have his disciples and followers protesting the “victory” of the people who had him put to death because he knew the victory would not be an earthly victory. But first people need to get their facts correct: 1 – It is NOT a mosque, but a community center; 2 – It is not AT ground zero, it is 2 blocks away; 3 – There were also innocent Muslims and other NON-Christians killed in the Twin Towers and Pentagon that were NOT terrorist.